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What is breast enlargement surgery?

Breast enlargement surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves increasing the size and fullness of the breasts. It is also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty. The surgery is typically performed using breast implants, which are inserted into the breasts to enhance their size and shape. There are two types of breast implants commonly used: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel that closely mimics the feel of natural breast tissue, while saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. The choice of implant type depends on factors such as personal preference, desired outcome, and the recommendations of the surgeon. Breast enlargement surgery can help individuals achieve their desired breast size, improve breast symmetry, regain lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss, and boost self-confidence.

Procedure Details

Despite individual variations, the following aspects are generally addressed in breast augmentation surgeries:

Where the procedure may be done

Breast enlargement surgery can be performed in various settings, including:

  1. Hospital: Many breast enlargement surgeries are performed in hospitals. Hospitals provide a controlled and sterile environment, ensuring the safety and well-being of the patient.
  2. Surgical Centers: Some breast enlargement surgeries may be performed in specialized surgical centers. These centers are equipped with the necessary facilities and equipment to carry out the procedure.
  3. Private Clinics: In some cases, breast enlargement surgeries may be performed in private clinics. These clinics are typically run by qualified plastic surgeons and offer a more personalized and private experience for patients.

The choice of where to have the procedure done may depend on factors such as the surgeon's preferences, the complexity of the surgery, and the patient's personal preferences. It is important to choose a reputable and experienced surgeon and facility to ensure the best possible outcome.

Anesthesia options may include:

Anesthesia options for breast enlargement surgery may include:

  1. General anesthesia: This is the most common type of anesthesia used for breast enlargement surgery. It involves administering medication that puts the patient into a deep sleep, ensuring that they are completely unconscious and unaware during the procedure.
  2. Local anesthesia with sedation: In some cases, breast enlargement surgery may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Local anesthesia numbs the surgical area, while sedation helps the patient relax and remain comfortable throughout the procedure. This option may be suitable for patients who prefer to avoid general anesthesia or have certain medical conditions that make general anesthesia risky.

The choice of anesthesia will depend on various factors, including the patient's medical history, the complexity of the surgery, and the surgeon's recommendation. It is important to discuss anesthesia options with your surgeon to determine the most appropriate choice for your specific case.

How long will it take?

Breast enlargement surgery takes about 1 hour.

Incision Placement

The technique for implant insertion and placement relies on your physical structure and surgical advice. The cut can be executed:

  • At the junction of the chest and breast
  • Encircling the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple)
  • Inside the underarm

Utilizing the incision, the surgeon elevates the skin and breast tissue to form a cavity, either right behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle on the chest wall. The implants are aligned under the nipples.


After getting breast enlargement surgery, patients should not drive right away because they will still be a little bit affected by the anesthesia. They should ask a family member or friend to take them home after the procedure.

Driving might be hard or not possible for about a week after the surgery. This is because the surgery affects the muscles in the chest that are used for steering the wheel. Even if driving feels okay during the week after the surgery, it is recommended by the NHS to wait at least one week before driving to make sure patients don't injure themselves or slow down their healing process.

Post-surgery brassiere

Following the breast augmentation procedure, patients might be required to don a post-surgery compression attire for about two to four weeks. This "healing bra" duration of wear is subject to the recommendations of the surgeon. It is crucial in the initial phase of breast augmentation aftercare since it assists in lessening swelling and discoloration and aids in obtaining the most optimal outcome.

Final outcomes

Patients will notice an immediate change in their breast size following the operation, yet the complete aesthetic outcomes of the breast enhancement may not be noticeable until two to nine months post-surgery. Swelling and minor shape alterations can remain for up to nine months.

Remember that recovery durations are distinct for each patient. Every patient's timeline is unique, and different surgeons provide varied guidance and timelines. Hence, adherence to all post-operative instructions given by the surgeon is crucial.

Breast Feeding

Applying the correct surgical procedure, breastfeeding will not be hindered by breast enhancement surgery. There's no need to delay your breast enhancement until you have completed childbearing. On the other hand, the shape of your breasts will be altered by pregnancy. Breast enhancement is not a breast lift, it does not rectify sagging breasts.

Position of Implant

Subglandular placement: This is a technique where the implant is positioned "over the muscle". It is specifically used for women with robust thick skin and having some pre-existing fatty breast tissue. This method is often chosen by female sportspersons and body builders due to the absence of animation, or movement of the implant on contraction of the pectoralis muscle. Submuscular placement: This technique involves positioning the implant "under the muscle". It gives the most natural appearance but the implants do shift with muscle contractions (animation). Dual plane placement: This method merges the aforementioned techniques.


Why Do People Choose Breast Enlargement?

There are many reasons why people choose to undergo breast enlargement. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • To increase breast size and fullness
  • To regain lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • To improve breast symmetry
  • To boost self-confidence and self-esteem
  • To achieve a more proportionate figure

What to Expect During Breast Enlargement Surgery

Breast enlargement surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 1 hour to complete.

During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the breast, either under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit. The type of incision used will depend on the type of breast implant and the desired results.

Once the incision is made, the surgeon will create a pocket for the breast implant to be placed. The implant will then be inserted and positioned correctly before the incision is closed with sutures.

Recovery and Aftercare

After breast enlargement surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon's aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Here are some tips to help you during your recovery:

  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon to manage any discomfort.
  • Wear a supportive bra to help with swelling and support the breasts during the healing process.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least 4-6 weeks.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns.

It is also important to note that it can take several weeks for the breasts to fully heal and for the final results to be visible. Be patient and follow your surgeon's instructions for the best results.

Potential Side Effects and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential side effects and risks associated with breast enlargement. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant)
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Chest muscle weakness
  • Asymmetry
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before undergoing breast enlargement surgery.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon is crucial for a successful breast enlargement procedure. Here are some tips to help you find the right surgeon for you:

  • Research the surgeon's qualifications and experience.
  • Look at before and after photos of previous patients.
  • Read reviews and testimonials from previous patients.
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and ask any questions you may have.

Breast Augmentation Costs 2024

Breast augmentation costs can vary widely based on the surgeon's experience and the exact type of procedure. The costs of breast augmentation and many other cosmetic procedures in Turkey are much lower than in Europe and the USA.

In most cases, breast augmentation surgery costs are not covered by health insurance.

Always ask about all inclusive price, which includes the cost of surgery and anesthesia fees, operating room facilities and hospital costs, examinations, hotel accomodation, VIP airport transfer and revision if needed. 

Consultation with Dr. Hakki

During breast augmentation surgery consultation the following is discussed: surgical goals; medical history, previous ultrasounds and mammograms, and a family history of breast cancer; currently used substances, including drugs, supplements, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco; current state of health; expected result; postoperative care and possible complications.

The size and shape of the breasts and surrounding skin are measured and examined. Photos are taken and breast augmentation options are discussed, after which Dr. Hakki recommends an appropriate treatment. For the success of breast augmentation, it is very important to answer all the surgeon's questions honestly and openly ask anything that needs clarification.



All inclusive package

  • 6 nights in a 5-star hotel in Istanbul 
  • Costs for laboratory, medication and equipment
  • Pre/post-operative tests
  • VIP transfer
  • Free accommodation for your companion
  • No prepayment
  • Personal assistants speak in English


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